MONTEREY COUNTY – The Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC) announced the City of Del Rey Oaks is undertaking the largest public works project in the history of the city thanks to Measure X funding.
TAMC adopted a policy that allows the three smallest cities (Gonzales, Del Rey Oaks and Sand City) to borrow funds from the Transportation Agency to complete specific projects and repay the principal and interest using their future share of Measure X revenues. As a result, Del Rey Oaks was able to get a Measure X loan to repave many of the worst roads in the city.
“It just makes sense to allow our smaller cities like Del Rey Oaks to make these improvements now, rather than waiting ten years to accumulate enough Measure X money,” Debbie Hale, the Executive Director of TAMC, said. “Residents enjoy better roads now, and the pavement doesn’t deteriorate further.”
TAMC provided an $861,300 loan to the City to complete road work on some of its most distressed streets, Hale said.
The Del Rey Oaks City Council approved $1.2 million in the 2019–2020 budget for this road improvement project.
Phase 1 of the project, completed last fall, was a three-inch overlay on the portion of Carlton Drive through the estates. Phase 2 of the project, currently under construction, consists of reconstructing all of the cul-de-sacs along Portola and Quendale, and Saucito and Carlton Drive, plus rebuilding the associated concrete rain gutters. The project is expected to be completed by early June.
“This project would not have been possible without the support of TAMC and the Measure X funding approved by voters,” Alison Kerr, Mayor of Del Rey Oaks, said. “Being able to fix potholes and repair streets is going to make such a difference for our city, particularly for the residents of the 14 cul-de-sacs, and those who reside on Carlton Place and Carlton Drive.”
Measure X is the transportation safety and investment plan approved by voters in November 2016. Funded by a 3/8 of a cent sales tax, 60 percent of the monies are dedicated to local streets and roads projects and 40 percent is dedicated to regional projects.
For information about Measure X, click onto the TAMC website at: http://www.tamcmonterey.org/measure-x